Alarm Will Sound • The Sheldon Music Hall • Feb. 8th
Photo Credit • Justin Bernhaut
By Cory Weaver
In 2001, a 20-piece ensemble of modern classical music outlaws stepped out of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. and formed Alarm Will Sound. Let’s just say that back then, most major orchestras weren’t featuring the music of John Cage, Steve Reich and David Lang. But this was a new kind of orchestra—one that championed music that wasn’t Beethoven, Mozart, Barber, Tchaikovsky, etc.
Fast forward to 2018, the ensemble turned Carnegie Hall on its side by presenting a multimedia event highlighting musicians John Lennon, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio and Leonard Bernstein; collaborated with Medeski Martin & Wood; and performed with Bjork to kick-off her 2015 Vulnicura tour.
Alarm Will Sound has found a second home in Missouri too. Since 2010, the group has been the ensemble in residence at the Mizzou International Composers Festival in Columbia. As the resident ensemble, they have premiered eight works each year by the festival's resident composers and works by the festival's guest composers, which include: Nico Muhly, Derek Bermel, Erin Gee and English composer Anna Clyne.
Expanding their ties with Missouri, Alarm Will Sound began (what they’ve titled) their St. Louis Season in 2013, complementing their existing touring schedule—bringing the Midwest the work they do around the country and abroad. They will continue this venture at The Sheldon on February 8th.
Dare to break away from your grandaddy’s classical music and step into an evening featuring a blend of modern classical, jazz and “world” music.
Tickets: $20, students $10